Friday, May 27, 2011

Free - Tons of Sobs (1968)

Ok, Free is one of my favorite bands. Every member had a significant input and the band wouldn't be who they were without the exact members they had. Paul Rodgers, one of the best blues rock vocalists of all time. He was one slick blues man...even though he was a white boy. Simon Kirke, one of my biggest inspirations as a drummer. He had such straight forward simplistic blues beats but with a punk/garage approach and perfect tempo. He definitely paved the way for doom/stoner metal. Same with the guitarist Paul Kossoff. Those riffs, man...they were something else. The bassist Andy Fraser just added some groovy ass funk to the mix. They were literally a perfect band in every way. This is their first album. It's a little heavier than their stuff to come out later. The thing that blows my mind is that they were all teenagers when they recorded this.

The drummer and guitar player started off in a band called BLACK CAT BONES (who are also in this blog) who later became LEAF HOUND. After FREE broke up, the drummer and vocalist went on to form BAD COMPANY. The bassist quit a couple of times and then started a band called SHARKS (who are also awesome blues rock). The guitar player left and started a band called BACK STREET CRAWLER. You probably know them for their hit All Right Now which is on all classic rock stations. They weren't huge in America but some of the best blues rock bands came from the UK sooooo if you haven't heard this band, check this record out. It's a great place to start. Check out the live video below. If that doesn't catch your attention then I don't think it was meant to be.

Download below has a high quality rip @ 320 KBPS.


Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours (1955)

So this is probably the first concept album. Before this album, artists didn't really record albums. Most recorded songs one at a time for singles and not so much for an entire studio full-length record. Frank was an artist that knew how to tell stories in his songs and it was only logical to take the next step and make an entire LP with songs that were all pieces of a story. I know what you're thinking. Frank Sinatra was totally a dude who sang showtunes and sang songs of happiness such as Come Fly With Me. False. He was a depressed alcoholic for a long time and wrote some very melancholic, somber, depressing records. He even had a record called No One Cares which I might upload if enough people dig this. This record is brilliant. This is the kind of record you should listen to while hanging out on your roof top alone smoking a cigarette viewing your desolate neighborhood and watching drunks stumble home. One of my favorite end-of-the-night records. I put this record on when I'm drunk at 3 am.

This is a great half-speed master of the album @ 320 KBPS. Enjoy.


Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Crow - Crow Music (1969)

Heavy rock and roll with a little soul. Imagine if CHICAGO was heavier and rode motorcycles. Heavy riffs, group harmony vocals and a sweet horn section. BLACK SABBATH covered the song "Evil Woman" on their first single so you know it has to be good. Good driving music. Headbang and sing along.


Black Cat Bones - Barbed Wire Sandwich (1969)

Ok, if you're into heavy, slow, groovy blues, check this record out. Black Cat Bones was an early carnation of LEAF HOUND. After this record, members went on to form LEAF HOUND, FREE, FOGHAT, FLEETWOOD MAC and BAD COMPANY. This record is raw as fuck with some sweet Black Sabbath type riffs. Just enough fuzz and distortion to please any stoner rock fan. One of my favorite tracks is below.


Fire - Could You Understand Me (1973)

I recently discovered a bunch of really awesome heavy rock and roll albums I've never heard before. Here is one of them. Fire was one of those bands that no one's ever heard of but sound so familiar and awesome. Really awesome heavy psychedelic prog rock from Yugoslavia. It's super fuzzed out blues with ridiculous riffs. If you dig stuff that sounds like Deep Purple and Sir Lord Baltimore, then check out the song below. This is definitely an awesome smoking album.